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kteacher Jul 4, 2011 12:40 PM

We will be staying in Nigara on the Lake for 5 nights in mid October. We are not familiar with the area at all. Any suggestions on places to eat? Nice-ish, but not too expensive. Also, has anyone taken the trolley tour of wineries. Any suggestions about that?

  1. k
    Kassi22 Jul 4, 2011 01:08 PM

    Here are some places I went to that was decent:

    On the higher end:

    The Charles Inn
    http://www.charlesinn.ca/niagara-on-the-lake/dining/

    Stone Road Grille
    http://www.stoneroadgrille.com/

    Zee's Grill
    http://www.zees.ca/niagara-on-the-lake/

    More affordable:

    The old Winery Restaurant
    http://www.theoldwineryrestaurant.com/images/Old-Winery-Dinner.html

    Olde Angel Inn and Pub
    http://www.angel-inn.com/dining.php

    The Irish Harp Pub
    http://www.theirishharppub.com/amenu.html

    Wineries:

    Peller Estates Winery Restaurant
    http://www.peller.com/niagara/Make%20...

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    Stone Road Grille
    238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

    Charles Inn
    209 Queen, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

    Olde Angel Inn
    224 Regent St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

    Peller Estates Winery Restaurant
    290 John Street East, Niagara-on-the-lake, ON L0S 1J0, CA

    The Irish Harp Pub
    245 King, Niagara On the Lake, ON L0S1J0, CA

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    1. re: Kassi22
      cynalan Jul 4, 2011 07:50 PM

      Niagara and the Lake and not too expensive unfortunately are somewhat exclusive. The restaurants actually located in the town of NOTL tend to be either very, very expensive (think the hotel based restaurants at Prince of Wales, Queens Landing) or expensive and basic (e.g. the George Bernard Shaw Cafe where a burger will set you back about $18.)

      Of the list presented above, for casual food Olde Angel Inn, Old Winery aren't too bad.

      At the next tier, Stone Road Grille is excellent. Strongly recommend it. Zees... meh, I would give it a pass. Although a bit out of town (15 minute drive) you might want to consider Treadwell's in Port Dalhousie (St. Catherine's). It's a very nice spot on the lake adjacent to the old Welland Canal. Excellent locavore menu and wine selection.

      Peller Estates is definitely higher end but very good. Last weekend my wife and I had the 5 course tasiting menu $85 or $120 with wine pairings. We thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and they went the extra mile to make it gluten free for my wife. Great service and a thoroughly enjoyable meal.

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      Treadwell
      61 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines, ON L2N 4P6, CA

      1. re: Kassi22
        Teep Jul 5, 2011 09:06 PM

        We went to NOTL by boat so stuck in downtown for lunch. Went to Olde Angel Inn - friends loved the fish and chips. I made the mistake of ordering the "fisherman's pie". Sounded good on the menu but turned out to be seafood chowder with fake crab and a scoop of instant mashed on top. (Yes that meant potato on potatoes.) The "raspberry vinaigrette" for the (good) salad was a sickly sweet glop. So stick with basic bar food there!

      2. tikiliberationfront Jul 4, 2011 01:50 PM

        Peller is, generally speaking, very good. If you want to dine in or very close to NOTL, I'd suggest Tony De Luca's place.

        http://www.tonydeluca.ca/

        1. danionavenue Jul 4, 2011 02:22 PM

          Gorgeous outdoor patio with views of the lake and sail boats. The service was great. I was just there last weekend. They did not have a bottle of wine we ordered from the menu so they substituted a more expensive bottle at the same price as the one we ordered. That was nice. They have food that ranges from $15-$30. You can eat there for dinner and not do too bad price-wise. The croque monsieur was good but, my friend's fish tacos were better. See their menu online.

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          1. re: danionavenue
            TorontoJo Jul 6, 2011 10:05 AM

            What place is this that you are writing about?

          2. danionavenue Jul 4, 2011 02:23 PM

            Bacchus Lounge at Queens Landing hotel

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            1. re: danionavenue
              k
              KingsKetz Jul 5, 2011 02:01 AM

              I was there last summer. Hands down my favorite meal was at the Stone Road Grille. Sorry i didn't get to go back!

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              Stone Road Grille
              238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

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              guinness_a_day Jul 5, 2011 05:37 PM

              Was there two weeks ago for an anniversary getaway. Took the Bike Train from Toronto to the Falls, then biked along the gorge to NOTL

              +1 on the Stone Road Grill.

              I had read in other reviews to avoid most of the places on the main drag, but we had a great meal at Epicurean (84 Queen St...right across the street from the Shaw King George Theatre) I had a pan-seared Ontario Trout, and my wife had a braised lamb shank on a bed of Israeli cous-cous...both delicious

              Cheers!

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              1. re: guinness_a_day
                TorontoJo Jul 6, 2011 10:06 AM

                The Epicurean is the one place on the main street that I can recommend. Particularly nice for putting together a great picnic lunch to eat by the river.

                And yes, another rec for Stone Road Grille from me...

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                Stone Road Grille
                238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA

              2. biggreenmatt Jul 6, 2011 06:46 AM

                Big +1 for Treadwell's. It's a little bit of a drive to Port Dalhousie, but well worth the trip.

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                Treadwell
                61 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines, ON L2N 4P6, CA

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                  CNW2000 Jul 6, 2011 11:18 AM

                  Another recommendation for Stone Road Grille...reserve early! Also Tony DeLuca's place. Haven't done the trolley tour but did do a van tour. Recently toured ourselves on scooters rented from Eskoot: www.eskoot.com, and had a blast.

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                  1. re: CNW2000
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                    Cliocooks Jul 12, 2011 12:40 PM

                    Yet another for Stone Road Grill--or Epicurean if you want to be right in town.

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